Defending Journalism – Judicial Review

12th April, 2012

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On Wednesday 25 April 2012 freelance journalists and broadcasters will enter the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand in London, to fight for Judicial Review on the Dale Farm Production Order.

The National Union of Journalists has called the “Not FIT” protest at 9.15am outside the court, to defend journalism and to send a clear message the police – we will not be forced through production orders into being evidence gatherers for the police. “Not FIT” refers to police evidence gather units known as Forward Intelligence Teams (FIT).

All those involved in the Dale Farm production order case have shown great concern at the increase in the use of production orders against the media over the last 18 months and the fear is journalists are being forced into becoming the eyes and ears of the state. The consequences of this can have serious implications towards the impartiality and safety of journalists in the future.

Please come and show your support in the latest battle for press freedom, to tell the police and the state, we are “Not FIT”.

The protest will be held at 9.15am, Wednesday 25 April 2012.

The Defending Journalism Parliamentary Meeting will be on Thursday 19 April 2012.

Previous posts

NUJ and Broadcasters Granted Judicial Review

Why I’m Resisting the Dale Farm Production Order

Journalists Not Evidence Gatherers

We Are Press Not Police Intelligence

Protecting Journalistic Material

26 Responses:

  1. Julia Bard says:

    Sorry I can’t be there but good luck with the campaign.

  2. Edward Lloyd. Jenkins says:

    Although personal commitments prevent me being present on the 25th. April, my supporting thoughts will be right there with you. Notwithstanding the increased danger journalists would be under in the field, a large amount of editorial in our broadsheet press would be severely diminished in content, if this judicial review were to find in favour of the police!

  3. Like others, can’t make Wednesday but fully support the campaign. How can we as a free and democratic society lecture and invade other countries under the pretext of buidlding freedom and democracy when the powers that be are in a constant battle against freedom in our own country.

  4. Solidarity. I’ll be arriving into London late Wednesday morning. Perhaps join forces with you at a later date. Sorry to miss this one

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